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HISTORY   AND    HUMAN    RELATIONS

dominion of necessity. As States become more materi-
alistic in their objects and purposes, State-policy itself
becomes more powerfully dominated by necessity, add
countries must cringe and cower under civil services
becoming ever more unimaginative, more constricted
by that environment which now controls men instead
of being controlled by them. But men who have had
Christian love in their hearts have been carried to original
courses, driven to surprises and eccentricities. Those
who have asked, " How shall we worship God ? " have
had a spirit that thrust itself out into Gothic cathedrals;
they are liable to be at least more original and refreshing'
than those who say, "Why shouldn't we have some
art, like the Greeks?" Where Christianity subtly
affected the character of our civilisationójust here is
the point where our world might have been different
altogether supposing another religion had conquered
the Roman Empire. The ultimate vindication of the
Christian religion in history, however, is not to be found
in any of its mundane by-products, but in the spiritual
life itself. Because this is so intimate a matter we
. discern it better perhaps in biography than in European
history as seen in the large.

It cannot be, too greatly stressed that history is a thing
which requires to be taught in totally different ways at
different levels. The method most adequate to its
purpose is perhaps the mere telling of stories to the very

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